Nigel Winterburn warns Arsenal fans new signing will take six months to adjust
The former Arsenal defender warns Sead Kolasinac that it could take up to six months to adjust to the Premier League
Nigel Winterburn has warned Arsenal fans that Sead Kolasinac could take up to six months to adjust to the Premier League.
The Bosnian defender became Arsene Wenger’s first summer signing last month after the 24-year-old defender completed a free transfer to the north London club from Bundesliga outfit Schalke 04.
Kolasinac will provide Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal with competition for a first-team place next season as Arsenal look to break back into the top four following a disappointing 2016-17 campaign.
The Gunners could also use Kolasinac in a centre-half role if Wenger persists with his preferred 3-4-3 formation next term.
Former Arsenal defender Winterburn warned the Gunners that Kolasinac could take up to six months to adjust to the Premier League after five seasons in the Bundesliga.
“I think the first 3-6 months will be very important and that’s the period where everyone gets excited about looking at what players have done at previous clubs, but really it’s irrelevant because it’s what they are going to produce when they are at your club,” Winterburn told bWIN.
“There’s a few options open now for Arsene Wenger and he’s obviously a very powerful player and very strong as well.
“I think the Bundesliga is very similar to the Premier League in terms of style of play as well and potentially looks like a very good match for Arsenal.”
Arsenal finished in fifth place in the Premier League table last season to miss out on a place in the Champions League.
Wenger’s men are now facing the prospect of a season in the Europa League, although Europe’s second-tier competition could provide a route back into the Champions League.